As members of the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Honors Program, three students are traveling to Chicago, Ill. to participate in presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council  (NCHC23) Conference on Nov. 8 - 12.

Two seniors, Kinesiology Major Shadara Stevenson and Psychology Major Jordan Thornton, along with Junior, English Major Kristen Bannerman, will be traveling with Dolapo A. Adedeji, Ph.D., director of the University Honors Program and associate professor of Pharmaceutical Science. Students are being judged on the conference’s topic of liberty, equality, and humanity for a chance to win an award.

Stevenson will present on, “Diversity Issues Within Science,” Thornton, also Miss ECSU, will present on, “Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice?” and Bannerman will present on, “The Misrepresentation of Black People in the Film Industry On and Off Camera.”

Students’ participation in the conference is an exciting opportunity for national dialogue and academic rigor among other honors program students across the country, Adedeji said. All student presenters must be in good standing in their respective honors program or honors colleges.

“I’m certain this competition will give each of our students benefits from which they will continue reaping throughout their time at ECSU and as they enter the workforce, professional or graduate school,” Adedeji said. “It is this type of experience that will make them, and other honors students who get this opportunity, confident as they research and articulate important, relevant concepts and ideas.”